Top 10 Travel Destinations Worth-Seeing in 2022
Things took an unexpected turn at the end of 2019. The pandemic changed almost everyone’s life as no one was ready to face it. We lost loved ones, lost jobs, businesses were ruined and this once so busy world became quiet. Travel, even within countries and states was completely shut. There is hardly any industry or any cycle that wasn’t affected by the pandemic.
But to be honest, It also gave us some positive lessons. The pandemic brought families closer, we gave each other more time, shared our feelings and emotions. We came to realize how short life is and how fast things can change, eventually, many of us became better human beings. There is a lot to say but to sum it all up
“The pandemic was indeed a lesson taught by God to humanity”.
Though most businesses, jobs and others were shifted online, travel and tourism weren’t possible to shift. The travel and tourism cycle was completely shut and related businesses bared heavy losses. But now as the pandemic is almost controlled and we have started to move forward, the tourism cycle is also gaining pace. 2021 has ended and experts speculate that 2022 is going to be huge for tourism. After a long wait, People from around the globe are eager to travel with their families and loved ones. We realize that you can not wait to experience the heavenly beauty that our planet keeps. But as they say:
“Don’t just focus on the destination, but also the experience”
Keeping that in mind, we have prepared a list of 10 travel destinations worth seeing in 2022. Since the merit was high and it was tough to choose between so many, we’ve compiled the perfect variety of places which will give you all kinds of experiences.
10. Paterson (South Africa)
This is the best place to go for people to find an authentic taste of the “Bushveld” without catching diseases. Named after its founder, James Paterson, the village is located in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. The town has attractive surroundings and the land supports a large number of animals, insects and birds.
Shamwari Private Game Reserve
Near Paterson is the Shamwari Private Game Reserve where you can enjoy a cheerful, once in a lifetime wildlife experience. Two daily game drives and the variety of animals (Leopards, Elephants, Cape Buffalo etc) which are natives of the land, make you fall in love.
Addo Elephant Park
The Addo Elephant Park is also near to the village, Port Elizabeth is an hour drive away. You can also fulfil your dream of ‘Enjoying a quiet night’.
Just pay a visit and this beautiful place in South Africa will surpass your expectations.
9. Florence (Italy)
Surrounded by exquisite nature, containing centuries-old architecture and much more; Florence is a city that none other can match. From artistic landscapes, a beautiful river, delicious foods and cafes to museums and galleries, Florence has everything that a perfect travel destination can have.
Uffizi Gallery & The Duomo
Florence’s top attraction is the Uffizi Gallery, located near Palazzo Vecchio. Make sure you buy the tickets on time because it is usually sold out for a long time. You must also visit the beacon of Florence, the Duomo (Santa Maria del Fiore) located in Piazza del Duomo. Climb the 115-meters dome to get a splendid view of the city or visit the museum nearby.
Pro tip: Buy the famous “Florence pass” with which you can visit 3 of the top tourist attractions in Florence.
8. Dublin (Ireland)
From historic buildings and museums to a friendly environment; Ireland’s capital has a lot to offer. It is a small city and major tourist spots are within walking distance. It’ll hardly take two days to explore Dublin and you’ll still have some time left to visit neighbouring sites like the Wicklow Mountains and Powerscourt House.
So what places should you explore in Dublin? Let’s give you a taste of almost everything Dublin offers.
Start your tour with Trinity College, The oldest university in Dublin packed with incredible history. Book a 35 minute guided tour and witness the incredible treasures including the Book of Kells, Books of Armagh and Durrow. The university has created gems like Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde.
Take a small walk from Trinity College to visit Grafton Street, Dublin’s leading shopping spot. At the foot of the street sits a statue of Molly Malone, do not miss it. Grafton Street offers everything from books to clothes, both old fashioned and modern branded items. Also visit the famous jewellers, pubs and cafes, especially Bewley’s Oriental Cafe. the food is underrated, so don’t let that stop you from trying it, you’ll surely love the taste. People are friendly and love to talk, so don’t feel insecure if a local starts a conversation with you.
St. Stephens Green
Once done with shopping and eating, do what the locals do. Take a stroll from Grafton Street to St. Stephens Green, lay down on the grass and relax. Also, bring snacks with you and enjoy the calm environment. With a small bridge over a duck pond, a Children’s playground and a fountain at the centre, this place is away from the busy city life.
You can visit the Dublin Zoo and The National Gallery of Ireland as a sweet dish.
7. Freiburg (Germany)
Freiburg im Breisgau is a small city located in the southwest of Germany at the edge of the Black Forest. In summer, it is the best place to visit in Germany with its wonderful climate and food. It is a university city with a lot of charm and is famous for its medieval town center.
The most famous tourist attraction in Freiburg is the Freiburg Minster. Dating back to the 13th century, It was built on the foundation of an existing church and is the only of its kind that has survived to date. The bombings during the World War 2 damaged most of the western part of the market but Minster survived with little damage. But what’s so special about The Minstry? The artistry alone is sublime. Stain glass windows, nice chapels, attractive tracery and pinnacles will leave you amazed. Also, visit the abutting merchant halls. Once you’ve admired the Minstry, there is a lot more to see in Freiburg.
- Munsterplatz: It is a market surrounding the Minster looped by historic monuments.
- Freiburg Bachle: Fed by the Dreisam River, Bachle is a system of waterways that you cannot miss once you enter the city. They had a lot of uses in the Medieval Times and still help cool down the temperature in summers.
- Enjoy cable car in Schauinsland, a 1,284 meters tall Black Forest mountain.
- Visit the Seepark in the west of Freiburg to enjoy a peaceful time beside the lake.
- Looking for quality food? Go to Markthalle, an international food court located around the corner of Martinstor (One of Freiburg’s two medieval gates). Along with local food, you can enjoy Middle Eastern, Italian, Indian, Japanese, Brazilian and Chinese cookery.
6. Ozarks (Arkansas, United States)
Ozark Mountains are located in the Eastern United States in the northwest corner of Arkansas. It is one of the largest wilderness areas of the region and offers Hiking, Mountain biking, fishing etc. Ozark is the best place to connect yourself with nature.
Aux Arc Park:
Aux Arc Park, located by the beautiful Ozark Lake is an all in one destination. It is the perfect spot for hiking, fishing, boating and you can enjoy the steep areas with in-line trees. The hygiene is also perfectly maintained. You can visit Reed Mountain Park where kids can enjoy themselves freely in Parks and open spaces
Byrd’s Adventure Center
Want to enjoy rafting, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing and hiking? Go to Byrd’s Adventure Center located near the Mulberry River. Many exciting events like music festivals and motorbike rallies are held here year-round. Events along with the dense forest, streaming water and camping sites will make your trip one to remember.
5. Cairo (Egypt)
What comes to mind when you hear the word Egypt? The Pyramids Of Giza, right? Cairo, Egypt’s capital is famous for housing the seventh wonder of the world. Pyramids Of Giza are the top attraction in Gaza but they are not all that Cairo offers. Explore pharaonic antiques, Christian history, Islamic history, ages-old mosques, artistry and incredible Egyptian food.
Pyramids Of Giza:
Start with the Pyramids Of Giza, located on the verge of the city on the Giza Plateau. These 3 tombs of Pharaohs Cheops(The Great Pyramid), Mycerinus and Chephren guarded by the inexplicable Lion-bodied and human-faced Sphinx are wonders to date.
The Egyptian Museum
Visit the Egyptian Museum and witness an astonishing collection of antiques which make it one of the greatest museums in the world. Even though a small part is open to see and many of the artefacts are poorly labelled, you still can’t help but visit the museum. The good news, many collections are being transferred to the Great Egyptian Museum (GEM) which will be inaugurated this year.
Cherish the Al-Azhar Mosque, one of the finest and earliest surviving mosques. It is also one of the world’s oldest universities and the leading theological university in the Islamic world.
Witness the history of Egypt’s Christian Period and an exquisite collection of Coptic Art in Old Cairo
- Khan El-Khalili for a great shopping experience
- Cairo’s Citadel built by Sultan Saladin
- Saqqara and Dahshur, home to the remaining Pyramids
- National Museum of Egyptian Civilizations (NMEC), to learn about Egypt’s whole human history under one roof.
- Museum of Islamic Art holds the World’s best collection of Middle Eastern Art
- Sultan Hasan Mosque, to witness Mamluk architecture
- Relax at the Al-Azhar Park
4. Kyoto (Japan)
Also known as the Cultural Capital of Japan, Kyoto is simply Japan’s most attractive city. Being the only major city that survived the bombings of WWII, Koyoto has preserved the atmosphere of the past. Along with centuries-old paintings and Buddhism influenced architecture, there are many Temples, Galleries and Museums to see in Kyoto. It has become a touristy city over the years but only the famous temples and shrines are often crowded. You can either be a part of the crowd or visit a quiet spot right around the corner. We’ll give you a taste of everything there is to do in Koyoto.
Stroll Around The Streets
Wake up early in the morning and go for a healthy morning walk. If it’s cherry blossoms season, Philosopher’s Path is the best place to stroll. Other than that, you can stroll around the well-preserved streets of Sothern Higashiyama which includes Gion. The popular streets here are Yasaka-Dori, Nene-no-Michi and Ishibi-Koji lane.
If you’re on the Philosopher’s Path, you’ll find the Silver Pavilion at the end of it. It is one of the famous temples so it’s best to pay a visit as soon as it opens (Temple opens at 8:30 AM). It has a beautiful white sand zen garden and a moss garden along with a pond in which the temple beautifully reflects.
Once done with the Silver Pavilion, visit the much superior and charming Golden Pavilion. Seated beside a lake surrounded by some well-groomed gardens, the temple is covered in gold leaf and reflects beautifully in the island-dotted lake. Even though it is always crowded, do enjoy some green tea in the garden tearooms if you find space.
Now step aside from temples for a while and take a cooking class. Then go to Nishiki Market where you’ll find all the ingredients you need to make your favourite Japanese food.
Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine
Late at night, You must visit Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine, one of Kyoto’s most famous destinations. you’ll find less crowd and more enjoyment there at night.
There are several more places to see in Kyoto which you will easily explore once you’re in Kyoto.
3. London (United Kingdom)
London is a 21st-century cosmopolitan city with glorious royal history dating back to the Roman Empire. It was the strongest city in the world during the peak of the British Empire. Coming to tourist attractions, England’s capital has a lot of diversity. From Historical sites, Royal Palaces, Churches and Cathedrals to modern architecture, premium shops and theatres, London is always a must-go destination. Let’s get to the best attraction in London along with shopping and food sites.
Start your tour with Buckingham Palace located in Westminster City. It is the official residence of the Royal Family and is open for tourists during the Summer. It is most famous for the changing of guards that happens at approximately 10:45 AM and last 30-45 mins, enjoy orchestra along with the marching.
Westminster Abbey, Jewel Tower and the Palace of Westminster
Since you are in Westminster, Also visit the Westminster Abbey, Jewel Tower and the Palace of Westminster. Westminster Abbey is a Gothic church mainly famous for 17 Royal Weddings. It also serves as a site for Royal enthronings and burials.
The Palace Of Westminster, located at the bank of the River Thames is the meeting place for the two houses of Parliament of the United Kingdom, the house of commons and the house of lords. Right next to it is the Great Bell of the Striking Clock, more famously known as Big Ben, London’s signature building.
Other Tourism, Food & Shopping Sites
There are a lot more places to visit and a lot of stuff to do:
- Witness the working of the world-famous Tower Bridge and enjoy beautiful views of the city.
- Enjoy a panoramic 30 minutes flight of the London Eye located at the heart of the city. On a clear day, you can see the whole city from 135 meters high.
- At the British Museum, witness one of the finest collections of antiques from around the globe, more than 13 million.
- Get amazed by the spectacular English architecture when you visit St.Paul’s Cathedral. The biggest Cathedral of London and no doubt one of the most glorious around the world.
- Get the most incredible view of London from the 95 storied “The Shard”
- You can’t have a good day without a good breakfast. Places like Caravan Fitzrovia, Duck & Waffle, Granger & Co, Dishoom and The Black Penny will make you fall in love with breakfast in London.
- Along with tourism, London is also one of the Fashion Capitals of the world. You’ll find all kinds of clothes and luxury items from almost every brand in the world from areas like Convent Garden, The King’s Road, Oxford Street, Harrods, Westfield and many more.
2. Istanbul (Turkey)
Previously known as Constantinople (ancient, Byzantium), the place where East meets West, Istanbul is a city with a long and glorious history. It has served as the capital of both the Byzantine Empire and Ottoman Empire under the name Constantinople. Today’s Istanbul is advanced and one of the best metropolia in the world, it is the financial hub of the Republic Of Turkey. What makes it more unique is that the city preserves its heritage through centuries-old monuments and bazaars. Other than the major attractions like Hagia Sophia Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar and Blue Mosque, many sights, neighbourhoods and dining places will leave you smitten in love with Istanbul.
Hagia Sophia Mosque
Start with the Hagia Sophia Mosque, A masterpiece of Roman Engineering and one of the most admired landmarks in Istanbul. Constructed around 537, it was an Eastern Orthodox Cathedral until 1453 when the Ottomans conquered Constantinople and turned Aya Sophia into a Mosque. It was converted to a Museum in 1935 and later released as a mosque in 2020. Tourists can enter free of charge and witness one of the greatest architectural works in history and know why it is termed the 8th wonder of the world.
Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque)
Visit the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque), a glorious gift from Sultan Ahmet I to his beloved capital. It is a great specimen of Muslim and Turkish architecture having six minarets and priceless beauty.
Admire the Topkapi Palace, one of the largest surviving palaces in the world. First built by Sultan Mehmet, Topkapi Palace has been the residence of all the Sultans who ruled the Ottoman Empire. Muslim History combined with extraordinary sceneries, you will need half a day to completely cherish the Topkapi Palace. The Palace also houses some honoured Islamic relics including the Prophet Muhamad’s(PBUH) cloak and sword.
Once in Istanbul, you must visit the Grand Bazar, one of the largest indoor marketplaces in the world with over 5000 shops. The bazaar has 11 entrance gates and offers items like carpets, handicrafts, antiques, jewellery and spices.
Before moving further, here are some of the highest-rated places to eat in Istanbul:
- Three Partners Cafe & Restaurant
- Rainbow Fish & Meat Restaurant
- Last Ottoman Cafe & Restaurant
- Divella Bistro Restaurant
- Istanbul Kebab Cafe & Restaurant
Other Tourism Sites
There are a lot more places to admire in Istanbul. Once done with the big-four, move to the following:
- Istanbul Archeology Museum: Located just beside the Topkapi Palace, this tri-sectioned museum is one of the most important museums in Istanbul. It displays pre-Islamic Middle Eastern heritage, statues, tombs, ceramic art and the history of Istanbul itself.
- Suleymaniye Mosque: Ordered by Sultan Suleyman and built by Sinan(A famous ottoman architect) on the third hill of Istanbul, this mosque exhibits true Muslim and Byzantine architecture. Its amazing beauty and calmness will give you a great sense of spirituality.
- Taksim Square: One of the only green spaces left in the city, Taksim square lies in the hub of Istanbul and is surrounded by various shops, hotels and restaurants. It also houses the Republic Monument. Many public events and protests are also held in Taksim Square.
1. Prague (Czech Republic)
Nicknamed “The City of a Hundred Spires”, located beside the Vltava River, Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic. It is considered amongst the most beautiful cities in the world. The Czech Republic never disappoints visitors, bearing in mind its size, it is easy to move around. Prague is famous for its well preserved centuries-old buildings, diverse architecture, immense shopping options, bountiful nightlife and delicious food and beer. All these qualities and positive feedback help Prague top the list of “Top 10 travel destinations in 2022”.
One of the oldest, most recognized bridges in Europe, Charles Bridge spans the Vltava River. It has many admirable statues throughout its 621 meters span, the most important ones of which are of Roman Emperor Charles IV and John of Nepomuk. Charles Bridge is famous among photographers and travellers for its incredible sightseeing and statues. Witness the incredible sunset and peacefully wander around the bridge afterwards, considering lesser crowds.
Prague Castle is officially the largest Castle Complex in the world and an important cultural and historical attraction. It is currently the residence of the President of the Czech Republic. It’ll take most of your day to see Prague Castle but it will be time well spent. Many historical records, Christian antiques and the jewels of Bohemian Kings are kept here. A plus point is that many other famous sites lie within the boundary of Prague Castle. These include St. George’s Basilica, St. Vitus Cathedral, the Golden Lane, the Powder Tower and the Old Royal Palace.
Old Town Square & Astronomical Clock
This square lies in the heart of the Old Town and has been the backdrop to various events in Czech history. It is the oldest square in Prague with a medieval atmosphere, overall, a perfect spot for appreciating the beauty of Prague.
On the Old Town City Hall lies the iconic Prague Astronomical Clock. 600 years since it was built, it is the oldest operating astronomical clock on the globe. Every day, From 9 to 11 AM, a large number of people arrive at the square to see the “Walk Of Apostles”.
Wenceslas Square & National Museum
Housing the statue of Patron Saint of Bohemia after whom it is named, Wencelas square is the highlight of New Town. It is ringed by various restaurants, cafes, hotels and is also home to the National Museum (Prague’s oldest museum). The museum is spread across various locations and displays unique treasury, sculptures and millions of historical items.
There are a lot more places to see in Prague, mentioning a few:
- The Church of Our Lady before Týn
- Witness out of this world natural beauty at the Bohemian Paradise
- Check out the Karlstejn Castle built by Charles IV
- Enjoy astonishing views from the Hilltop Fortress
- Check out Prague’s modern architectural masterpiece, The Dancing House
- Spend a good day at the Prague Zoo
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